Classic Media Reissues the Original GODZILLA on DVD
Double Feature Streets May 13th
Source: Classic Media
Special Thanks to Robert Mayo and Rachel Cohen
Days before the theatrical release of the new GODZILLA from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures, the original Toho classic GODZILLA (ゴジラ, Gojira, 1954) — along with the Americanized edit GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS (1956) — will be reissued on DVD by Classic Media.
In 2000, Classic Media bought the film libraries of United Productions of America and Golden Books, which included the North American rights to several of Toho’s Godzilla films plus RODAN and WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS. Classic Media renewed the license directly with Toho in 2005 and began work on DVDs featuring both the US and Japanese versions of the films as well as bonus features such as audio commentaries and trailers. The first of these new releases was GOJIRA, a 2-disc set pairing the Japanese GODZILLA with GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS.
In 2011, Classic Media sub-licensed GODZILLA and GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS to The Criterion Collection. Criterion digitally restored the films for deluxe Blu-ray and DVD editions in 2012.
While the restored GODZILLA Blu-ray and DVD are still available from Criterion, Classic Media has decided to reissue their GOJIRA DVD set to tie-in with the new movie and to offer a lower priced alternative to fans and retailers. The 2-disc set will be re-released with new packaging as GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS.
Classic Media is considering repackaging their other Godzilla titles for DVD later this year — possibly to coincide with the North American home video release of the new film — but nothing has been decided at this time.
GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS DVD
Studio: Classic Media
Street Date: May 13, 2014
Total Runtime: 175 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 4×3
Languages: Japanese, English
Close Captioned: Yes
GODZILLA (ゴジラ, Gojira, 1954)
GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS (1956)
2 Audio Commentaries by Steve Ryfle and Ed Godziszewski
Making of the Godzilla Suit Featurette
Godzilla Story Development Featurette
Original Movie Trailers
For more information on Classic Media’s Godzilla and Toho releases please see the earlier coverage here on SciFi Japan:
- CLASSIC MEDIA Announces New GODZILLA DVDs
- Classic Media’s GODZILLA Summer
- Art and Specs for Classic Media’s Godzilla DVDs
- Updated Covers for Classic Media Releases
- CLASSIC MEDIA RESCHEDULES NEXT GODZILLA DVDs
- DVD First Look: GODZILLA RAIDS AGAIN
- DVD First Look: MOTHRA VS GODZILLA
- GHIDORAH and INVASION OF ASTRO-MONSTER DVD Sneak Peek
- Classic Media Website Posts Specs for New DVDs
- Sneak Peek: Classic Media GODZILLA COLLECTION Box Set
- New Godzilla Documentary, MOTHRA, and WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS Theatrical Screening!
- BRINGING GODZILLA DOWN TO SIZE: The Art of Japanese Special Effects Part 1: SYNOPSIS
- BRINGING GODZILLA DOWN TO SIZE: The Art of Japanese Special Effects Part 2: PRODUCTION NOTES and PERSONNEL FILE
- RODAN and WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS Cover Art and DVD News
- Sneak Peek: Classic Media’s RODAN and WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS DVD Set
- INTERVIEW: BRINGING GODZILLA DOWN TO SIZE- PART 1 (Writer/Producers Steve Ryfle and Ed Godziszewski)
- INTERVIEW: BRINGING GODZILLA DOWN TO SIZE- PART 2
- GODZILLA from The Criterion Collection